Lamborghini Squadra Corse will begin its second season of competition in the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a record number of entries for the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Jan. 26-29 at Daytona International Speedway.
Eight Lamborghini Huracán GT3 cars will compete in the 27-car field in the GT Daytona (GTD) class, the largest of the four classes competing simultaneously in the 24-hour endurance classic. Lamborghini is represented by the most cars of any of the nine manufacturers racing in the ultra-competitive GTD class.
“After the successful debut season in the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in GTD class, we are proud to have as many as eight Lamborghini Huracáns on grid in a such prestigious endurance race as the Daytona 24 hours,” said Giorgio Sanna, head of Lamborghni Motorsport. “Lamborghini Squadra Corse will do its best to support the customer teams in a such demanding challenge.”
GRT Grasser Racing Team, an Austrian-based team that competes in the Blancpain GT Series in Europe, is racing for the first time in the Rolex 24 At Daytona with two Lamborghini Huracán GT3 cars.
Other European-based teams coming to Daytona to compete in a Lamborghini include the veteran German team Konrad Motorsport and Italian team EBIMOTORS, each fielding one car.
Paul Miller Racing returns to Daytona with one car after finishing third in the GTD season championship in 2016, the top Lamborghini performer in the WeatherTech Championship.
Leading Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America championship teams Change Racing, DAC Motorsports and Dream Racing Motorsport each are entering one car.
The 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona starts at 2:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday, Jan. 28, ending at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29.
All GTD teams begin practice at 10:20 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 on the iconic, 3.56-mile (5.73 km) circuit, which combines an infield road section with portions of the famous oval that features turns banked at 31 degrees. Another practice starts at 1:30 p.m., with GTD qualifying scheduled for 3:10 p.m.
Night practice is scheduled for 7 p.m. that evening, with the final practice at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27.
The V10-powered Lamborghini Huracán was born from a desire to offer factory-built and supported cars to customers worldwide. It is the first GT3 car to be fully engineered, developed and assembled internally by Automobili Lamborghini.
Lamborghini Squadra Corse enjoyed a successful first season in the WeatherTech Championship in 2016, earning a dominant victory in the GTD class race in August at VIRginia International Raceway with Paul Miller Racing.
Lamborghini Team/Driver Lineup for the 2017 24 Hours of Daytona
GRT Grasser Racing Team (No. 11): Mirko Bortolotti (Italy), Ezequiel Perez Companc (Argentina), Christian Engelhart (Germany), Rolf Ineichen (Switzerland)
Change Racing (No. 16): Kaz Grala (United States), Corey Lewis (United States), Geert Jeroen Mul (Netherlands), Brett Sandberg (United States)
DAC Motorsports (No. 18): Emmanuel Anassis (Canada), Zach Claman (Canada), Brandon Gdovic (United States), Anthony Massari (United States)
Konrad Motorsport (No. 21): Marc Basseng (Germany), Franz Konrad (Germany), Marco Mapelli (Switzerland), Luca Stolz (Germany), Lance Willsey (United States)
Dream Racing Motorsport (No. 27): Lawrence DeGeorge (United States), Raffaele Giammaria (Italy), Luca Persiani (Italy), Paolo Ruberti (Italy), Cedric Sbirrazzuoli (Monaco)
EBIMOTORS (No. 46): Fabio Babini (Italy), Emanuele Busnelli (Italy), Emmanuel Collard (France), Francois Perrodo (Great Britain)
Paul Miller Racing (No. 48): Andrea Caldarelli (Italy), Bryce Miller (United States), Bryan Sellers (United States), Madison Snow (United States), Dion von Moltke (United States)
GRT Grasser Racing Team (No. 61): Michele Beretta (Italy), Christian Engelhart (Germany), Rolf Ineichen (Switzerland), Roberto Pampanini (Switzerland), Milos Pavlovic (Switzerland)
Race: Rolex 24 At Daytona
Date: Thursday, Jan. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 29
Track: Daytona International Speedway. 3.56-mile (5.73 km) circuit combining high-banked oval, infield road circuit
Race duration: 24 hours
GT Daytona schedule (all times Eastern): Practice – 10:20-11:20 a.m., 1:30-2 p.m., 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26; 10-11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27. Qualifying – 3:10-3:25 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26. Race – 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29.